April 21, 2010

How to Avoid Sudden Curve Clipping Death

I'm a little nutty about good sewing techniques. When I find a really good one, I want to shout it from the rooftops and let everyone know that the secret to such and such is doing this. It's very fortunate that I have you, dear readers, to tell all these things to as shouting on rooftops is a little looney. Let's have a small trip down memory lane before I let you in on this HUGE secret.

I'm a mostly self-taught seamstress. My grandma and aunt sew and my mom would sew for herself and my sis and me here and  there as we were growing up. I took 2 sewing classes in high school and though I was interested in fashion and sewing, I left everything else behind as I went on to college to get a music degree. The year I completely finished my degree, my parents gave me a sewing machine for Christmas. Strangely I didn't take the sewing machine out of its box for six months. After that, well, the rest is history. I've become completely obsessed. I love to sew. I really really do. Being self-taught, I rely on myself to a certain extent but also books. I recently purchased The Sewing Bible by Ruth Singer. The best part is that Ruth herself is a self taught seamstress too! That's pretty cool I would say.

I was reading through a few things one day and stumbled on the correct way to clip curves. You know when a pattern tells you to clip the curves to allow the curved seam to lay flat and create a more natural line. Inevitably when I would do this, you could see exactly where I had clipped the dern curve. It was not pretty. It looks very unprofessional. Very. It looks especially bad on the jacket collar as seen in Exhibit A. Please note that the "indent" if you will, is right where I clipped the curve. So, what do you do?

Well instead of clipping head on into the curve, take one edge of the seam allowance and clip a slanted clip approximately every inch. Now take the opposite seam allowance and clip a slanted clip the opposite direction of the opposing seam allowance's clips and in between the opposing seam allowances clips. And there you have it folks, avoiding sudden curve clipping death. You may now go forth with confidence that you will never again have curve clipping indents. Ruth Singer, you are a genius!
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